Bachelor of Science in Biology

Website: https://twu.edu/biology/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-biology/

Our bachelor's degree in biology is your first step toward an engaging career in the life sciences. During our four-year program, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of biology, chemistry, physiology, plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology, and cellular biology. The broad background provided by our bachelor's degree provides excellent preparation for those seeking careers in the industry or government sectors, as well as admission into medical, dental, or veterinary programs.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Written and oral communication skills.
  2. ​Demonstrate critical thinking by using logic and reasoning to interpret scientific results.
  3. Ability to design and conduct properly controlled experiments.
  4. Utilize modern scientific instruments and methods.
  5. ​Work collaboratively as part of a team to perform, analyze, and present research.
  6. ​Ability to understand and comply with laboratory safety guidelines.

Admissions

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 121-122  

Major: 36 SCH;  Required Minor: 18 SCH (Chemistry is the recommended minor)

Program Code: BIOLOGY.BS;  CIP Code: 26.0101.00 

A minimum grade of C is mandatory in all required courses for Biology majors. 

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1123
BIOL 1121
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 2113
BIOL 2111
Plant Biology
and Plant Biology Laboratory
4
BACT 3113
BACT 3111
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4243
ZOOL 4241
Medical Physiology
and Medical Physiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar1
BIOL 4813
BIOL 4811
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
4
BIOL 4823
BIOL 4821
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
4
Biology Elective7
Biology Elective hours must include coursework appropriate for science majors. The following courses are not acceptable electives: BACT 1003/BACT 1001, BIOL 1013, BIOL 1023, BIOL 1033, and BIOL 1223.
Total SCHs36

Departmental Requirements

CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3-4
or MATH 2014 Calculus I
Choose one of the following4
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
Choose one of the following4
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
Electives/Minor18
Total SCHs51-52

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 1406
& BIOL 1106
4
CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1311
& CHEM 1111
4
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I MATH 13143
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
BIOL 1123
BIOL 1121
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
BIOL 1407
& BIOL 1107
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 1312
& CHEM 1112
4
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II MATH 13163
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Elective2
 SCHs 16
Second Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 2113
BIOL 2111
Plant Biology
and Plant Biology Laboratory
BIOL 1411
& BIOL 1111
4
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2323
& CHEM 2123
4
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Choose one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics I MATH 1342 
Calculus I MATH 2413 
 SCHs 14-15
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
BACT 3113
BACT 3111
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
4
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 14
Third Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4813
BIOL 4811
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
4
Minor Elective3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
BIOL 4823
BIOL 4821
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4243
ZOOL 4241
Medical Physiology
and Medical Physiology Laboratory
4
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
General or Minor Elective3
 SCHs 17
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
Biology Elective3
PHYS 1133
PHYS 1131
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1301
& PHYS 1101
4
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar 1
Upper-level General or Minor Elective4
Upper-level General or Minor Elective3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
Biology Elective4
PHYS 1143
PHYS 1141
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 1302
& PHYS 1102
4
Upper-level General or Minor Elective3
Elective (select Global Perspectives course)3
 SCHs 14
 Total SCHs:  121-122